Happy (almost) Valentine's Day - let's spread love (not COVID) to everyone who needs it this weekend! There's a lot going on at the state level these days, so I'm writing to provide you an update on the COVID crisis and vaccinations, teacher and state pensions, the tax form 1099 situation, and a few bills… Continue reading February Update – COVID, Pensions, 1099s, Bills, and Black History Month
This past week, the Vermont General Assembly began the new 2021-22 biennial session. The Senate met in person the first day, with 19 of 30 of us carefully gathering in the Senate chamber to be sworn in and approve rules for our work this year, including the ability to again legislate remotely, at least until… Continue reading New Legislative Session Begins
Late last month, the Vermont Legislature completed its historic legislative session, officially adjourning after months of work largely focused on responding to a worldwide pandemic and its implications for Vermont. We legislated together from our homes throughout Vermont, with the assistance of incredible staff members who were themselves working remotely.
According to a recent statewide survey, 47 percent of respondents cited the expense of housing or healthcare as the item that creates the most financial stress in their lives. I would work to expand access to affordable housing and healthcare, and provide Vermonters livable wages that can support these basic necessities.
School funding must be stable, sufficient, equitable, and sustainable. We must ensure funding meets the needs of students regardless of where they live or attend school, and that our funding mechanism is fair and reasonable for the resources of our small state and its residents.